Brylee Callender to Visit Minnesota this Week

Brylee Callender, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound sophomore running back from Feather River (CA) Community College, will visit Minnesota this weekend. Callender helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 7-4 mark this season, including an appearance in the Silicon Valley Bowl where they lost to Foothill College, 35-33. Minnesota assistant coach Vic Adamle is traveling to Feather River to visit with Callender Tuesday.

Brylee Callender rushed 97 times for 647 yards (6.7 yards per carry) with nine rushing touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 521 yards (22.6 yards per reception) with five receiving scores for the Golden Eagles in the regular season. He returned 12 punts for 146 yards. His 1,314 all-purpose yards were the second best in the Mid Empire Conference.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Brylee's mother, Traci Friedges, to find out the lastest on his recruitment.

Callender will begin his finals Dec. 16 and hopes to return home for Christmas. He will visit Minnesota this weekend and has been getting a lot of phone calls, according to Friedges.

"Washington, Utah and Nevada have been calling."

Friedges said that she has not had much of a chance to talk to her son about his upcoming visit.

"Not too much in great depth. Minnesota has a lot of running backs. We want to see where he would fit in. I know that he would like to come to Minnesota, but I know that he does not want to sit."

Callender has worked hard on his academics to graduate in a year and a half. This would allow him to enroll at a Division I school in January and participe in spring practice, according to Friedges.

"It has been hard work. A lot of credits and a lot of classes."

Callender rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards as he led Lakeville (MN) High to a 14-0 record and a Class 5A state championship as a high school senior. He rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the championship game and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals. Callender had 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores as a senior and was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team.

Minnesota had offered him a scholarship as a senior and has continued to follow him in junior college. Minnesota assistant Vic Adamle traveled to Feather River in September to watch Callender practice and will visit him again tomorrow. They have been monitoring his academics and have indicated that he will be extended a scholarship if he graduates. Callender had failed to qualify out of high school. He had made great strides in the classroom as a senior, but had fallen too far behind early in his career.

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